Young's Oatmeal Stout | Wells & Young's Ltd

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Young's Oatmeal StoutYoung's Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by erz316 on 02-20-2009

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Photo of Tresha
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am extremely fond of desserts and have a major sweet tooth, which is why this beer fascinated me from the very beginning. The aroma is surely chocolate and coffee, sounds delicious! The flavours are also pretty sweet, chocolatey and a bit of licorice. I am looking forward to using this when I whip up my next chocolate based dessert!

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle (no date) into english pint. Pours a black appearance. Very creamy white head. A pretty ridiculous amount of very thick lacing. Roasted malt aromas, grain, caramel, slight chocolate, and an overall feeling of cereal. Sweet, grainy malt flavors. Big-time oatmeal. Chocolate, too. Body is smooth and creamy. Easy drinking, and balanced well.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:
A- Very dark, black in fact, with a thin, yet persistant tan head.
S- Coffee, roasted malt, some dark chocolate. Something of a smoke smell exists as well.
T- Roasted malt, with dark chocolate, coffee, charcoal, and just a faint hint of hops. Very well balanced and great flavor thoroughout.
M- Gentle carbonation and creamy. That oatmeal really smooths this one out.
D- Not too heavy for the style and rather drinkable. One of my favorite stouts and certaintly one of the better oatmeal stouts out there.

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Photo of atis
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap in BombardierBar in Riga

Pours solid black with creamy dense off-white head till the side of the glass, lacing fully covers the sides of the glass and it arranges itself layers afters each sip, simply beautiful. Aroma is weak roasted malt with some sourness, slightly soapy.

Taste is sweetish roasted malt with notes of chocolate that dominate over bitterness, long lingering bittery aftertaste, medium-dry finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and thick, low carbonation.

Very good looking beer with excellent flavour qualities.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours black with a soft but firm tan head, full lace immediately and all the way down the glass. Great looking pint.

S: Sweet notes of fermented oats, brown sugar, hint of smoke and chocolate.

T: Sweet milk chocolate and oats, classic flavours for this style simply put. Creamed coffee mid-palate, gets a little more bitter burnt charcoal of a flavour at the finish, but a sweet beer overall.

M: Not cloying from the sweetness which I liked, creamy and smooth, medium/full-bodied even. A bit of acridity at the end prevents me from taking it to the next level.

D: The bottles still in the US are holding up well, I just wish Young's would come back with their full lineup, I miss them.

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Photo of drowland
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into an English pint glass. The pour is dark black with some light through the edges. The aroma is some sweet with a dash of sour and a good drop of salty soy. The flavor has many layers, starting with sweet and a bit of sour followed by chocolate, salty soy, and smooth cream. The mouthfeel is carbonated but smooth and slick, going down easy.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by date of April 30th, 2008. I'm wondering how this much time on such a low ABV beer will change the flavor. Considering where I purchased it the odds of being properly cared for are slightly better than even.

Wow, this beer is pretty. Pours jet black with a huge fluffy chocolate head. Nice lacing all the way down.

Smells of coffee and bitter chocolate. There is also a hint of dusty metal. Thankfully it fades a little with time. If it wasn't for that it would be an outstanding beer.

The taste is also of coffee and dark chocolate, but wuth a sweetness hidden by the unwelcome odors. The dust comes through in the mouth, but, thankfully, the metallic character stays in the nose.

Mouthfeel is fairly full-bodied. Nice feeling in the mouth.

Nice drinkability. Thankfully I have a few more of these as I hear rumors that the production was shut down. If these rumors are true I hope it is merely temporary.

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Photo of MrDanno96
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50th Review!

A: Pours pitch black with a thin ring of off-white head. A little foamy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, roasty malts. Pretty sweet on the nose, nice.

T: Pretty much just like the nose: dark and milk chocolate, roasted malts, burnt coffee, and molasses. Reminds me of Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout.

M: Nice medium body, a little chewy, and o so smooth from the oatmeal.

D: Good flavor, great feel. Drink it and enjoy!

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Photo of illidurit
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark brown with a handsome ecru head. Aroma is toasty and roasty, lots of breads and grains and coffee. Flavor is dark chocolate and black coffee with a medium roasted bitterness and a light acidity. Mouthfeel is light but moussey in texture, making it easy to drink.

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Photo of Shovelbum25
4.85/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very smooth to the taste, almost like drinking a rich chocolate milk. A bit of a smoky nutty aftertaste. Incredible silky texture. This is definitely one of the better stouts I have tried in a while. The alcohol was well hidden. I had it on tap and it came out great. I would definitely suggest it.

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Photo of beergod1
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Too bad this isn't available in the US anymore...or the Winter Warmer, 2 of my favorite from Youngs. Almost opaque, poured into a Sammy Smiths pint glass, with an unusually silky texture and complex, medium-dry silky palate. Bittersweet smoke finish, this and Sammy Smiths Oatmeal stout are exceptional Stouts. Is anyone out there able to trade either one of these Beers?

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Photo of originalsin
3.29/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my imperial pint glass--looks quite nice in here I might just take a picture.
Down to business. The bottle notes: "A dark, ruby coloured stout almost black from a distance, with a beautiful creamy head. Brewed with roasted malts, it has an exceptionally smooth palate and fruity aroma with a short but distinctive finish reminiscent of toast."

The description is obviously somewhat on the kind sight but is otherwise pretty spot on. From any farther away than a few inches you're looking at a pitch black beer but up close the ruby red tint comes through. The head off the pour wasn't nearly as frightening as I expect: The creamy espresso colored head inflated to about 1/2 an inch in height before settling down. It laces decently sip after sip.
The aroma is very clean and reminiscent of some dark fruits --cherry. Mahogany also comes through on the nose, as does dark roasted malt. All together it's very subdued and bland though, and I had to stretch my imagination to get a smell out of the beer.
This isn't a bad tasting beer: the palate is certainly 'exceptionally smooth' I was just hoping we'd get some more creaminess out of what looked like it really could've blown my socks off. The oatmeal of this 'oatmeal stout' really doesn't show at all. It tastes vaguely of flaked oats, yes, but more so of dark roasted grains with a slight hint of coffee flavors. More so, there's a nice amount of dark cooking chocolate present that balances the brew out relatively well: it's still just missing something.

On the whole: this isn't a spectacular oatmeal stout, but it's certainly a strong example of the style. I got the bottle for 2 bucks on clearance and might just go pick up a couple more for what it's worth.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A half liter bottle poured into my Imperial pint glass. Appears a dark brown color with two fingers of creamy light tan foam. No lacing to speak of. Smells and tastes of bitter sharp roasted grains, molasses, milk chocolate, and caramel malt. A notch above medium in body and a bit creamy with medium carbonation.

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Photo of cnally
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep, dark brown on the pour with a nice tan head that laces with a soapy complexion.

malt bitters up front on the scent. almond and walnut lying underneath. very sweet smell.

weak smoky flavor. ashy and woodsy flavors abound initially but in the afterflavor, a surprising amount of hops comes out. I think it is a touch too smoky & burnt flavored for me to fully enjoy, but the ability to showcase its hops is a nice touch.

not very creamy. sort of dry feel.

I don't know, not great, but not bad. I could drink this, but there seem to be more flavorful and creamy examples of this style out there.

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Photo of Offa
4.77/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I originally reviewed this under the old Young's entry, but since this is the current entry for this beer under its current production status, I shall add my review here, too.

This is an incredible stout, smooth, easy to drink, silky, full of ruich flavour, yet fairly light.

Opaque, almost black, brown, it has a bdig, dense, light brown head that slowly shrinks and leaves fairly good lace.

The aroma is yeasty dough, toasty, and full-bodied with fruit and caramel.

The taste is thick caramelly malt, fresh toast, dark chocolate fudge, with a mild coffee and drier chocolate coming up near the end. It is fairly sweet with only light bitterness. It's full-bodied and silky in feel.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.47/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Completely dark chocolate with a frothy, quickly diminishing head.

S - A Chocolaty and oaty aroma.

T - This is lighter than a standard oatmeal stout. I was instantly greeted with a pleasant flavor of roasted malts, chocolate, and oats across the palate.

M - A lighter feel than a standard stout. Not as rich or syrupy. It could have had a higher level of carbonation.

D - High level of drinkability for a stout. Not overwhelming or thick like the standard.

As a side note I also mixed some of this with a vanilla ale from the late, great brew house in Elgin, IL called Prairie Rock. It produces a great oatmeal cookie-like beer. 50/50.
Rich head that stuck around. Very good combo.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown almost black, much darker than you expect for the style. Nice puffy brown head that looks amazing. good head retention and lacing.

S: Smells faintly of roasted malts and chocolate with a lactose note.

T: Very similar to the smell but stronger. Nice roasted malts with a bit of chocolate and vanilla to it. The weird thing about this one is that it has some sort of metal taste, I noticed this in their double chocolate as well...

Overall: Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with a medium body. Drinkability is very good on this one, for a stout I could have a few and it's by no means overpowering.

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Photo of Rayek
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Baking cocoa brown, bordering on black. Fizzy tan head settles nicely into a pillow on top of the beer. Leaves a nice amount of lace.

S: "Double chocolate cookie dough" is what I wrote in my notes regarding the aroma. Chocolate and vanilla hit me right away. Roasted malt scents start to come through later, along with a very faint raspberry scent.

T: Roasted cocoa is the best way to describe this. Baking chocolate and a burnt wood bitterness control the proceedings. Finishes quite dry, with a lingering espresso flavor.

M: Truly the weak point of this beer for me. Things start out silky smooth, but then a harsh carbonation takes over the room. It gets in the way, and leaves the tongue in a constant tingling state.

D: If I could cut the carbonation in half, this would be a sure fire 'A' rated beer for me. But I can't, so I have to mark it down. Maybe next time, I'll let the bottle breath for 30 minutes before I partake.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is completely black in color. A one inch tan head forms on top but sinks to a skim quickly. Some moderate lacing is left behind.

Aroma is very fruity, with a roasty edge kind of like chocolate, with a creamy note kind of like a milk stout.

Taste has the fruitiness up front with the roasty flavors entering in the middle. It's initially like coffee but there's also some nutty flavors coming through as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fairly creamy with a nice carbonation level.

I hope this one didn't get retired. This is an excellent Oatmeal Stout, right up there with Samuel Smith.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to erz316 for creating a new entry. indeed, the bottle i have here is from the new post-takeover entity, "wells and young's". (the old entry for young & co brewery PLC is at ) however, it would seem that the product may be discontinued, as it doesn't exist on the company website anymore...

these are from notes when i tasted in early february 2009

500ml bottle with "best by" date of 26/02/09 stamped on the neck

nearly opaque, reddish brown under the light. foamy tan head shrinks to wisps and ring. a few rings of lace.

roasted aromas and touch of stout acidity. whiffs of cocoa and coffee in the end. faint esters and grassiness, plus hint of alcohol.

similar roasted flavors with coffee in the end. flash of stout and coffee acidity. gentle bitterness. all slightly watered down or diluted however.

medium body, feel is smooth, with some astringency in the finish. moderate carbonation.

i wonder what a fresher one tastes like. perhaps i will never know...

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Photo of erz316
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is no longer brewed by Young & Co. PLC, it has moved to Well's & Young's Brewing; this is why I have added it as a new beer to the W&Y line up.

the standard size 1pt .9 floz bottle poured into old speckled hen pint glass.

A - pours a real bubbly dark liquid, wholly opaque with no light getting through even at the bottom of the glass. the head is big and solid, if I shake the glass the head kinda moves like jell-o or pudding. the dark tan head simmers down slowly to form this nice crackled surface and a superb coating of lace.

S - there is a good roasted malt character to the initial smell of the beer. there is lingering strong coffee and dark chocolate in the background.

T - this tastes almost identical for to the double chocolate stout by W&Y, minus the sourness. the initial tastes are of the most exquisite dark chocolate, real bitter but with enough sweetness to not have a 'bitter chocolate face' (yeah, you get it? like a keystone bitter beer face, but not. because chocolate this damn good would be able to buy one a far better beer than keystone). the finish presents one with a strong burst, initially, of the dark chocolate, a bit of dry alcohol, though to say this is predominant in anyway would be the greatest exaggeration. the finish is a bit of sweet malts, and the lingering bitterness of the malts. this beer does not quite size up to what I know as an oatmeal stout, it is more like a hybrid between a breakfast stout and something else, maybe a regular ol' Irish Dry stout.

MF&D - no true complaints here, no real praise either. the feel could have been a bit thicker for to complement the intense taste of choco. the carbonation is great, real crisp. A good beer that I could drink quite often if given sufficient funding.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous dark brown, nearly black, with a short-lived beige head. Aroma of cocoa, oatmeal, roasted malt, and some coffee. More malt and semi-sweet chocolate in the taste with strong smoke flavors. Leather, Fuggles, and oats follow. Long, sweet finish. Very nice.

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Photo of WalrusJockey
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle, poured into Sam Smith pint glass.

Appearance- the bottle describes it as "ruby, nearly black from a distance," but holding my glass to the light, I get a very-nearly-black with nice ruby hints where the light is. Head is tan, and falls fairly quickly, leaving just a wisp of head..

Smell- malt. Very malty. Not noticing much else, besides malt. Nothing bad about it, but nothing to give high marks to. Note that I use "3" here as it is listed, "average," not as a slam or an insult.

Taste- first taste is almost like cream, with a malt flavor coming in very clearly, but the milky-ness never going away. Swallow is malty with a hint of semi-sweet chocolate, and the aftertaste is a mellow, smooth semi-sweet hop-and-malt combination.

Mouthfeel- very smooth. Carbonation is low, which makes the beer feel smoother and softer in the mouth, full-bodied and slightly mouth-coasting, but not syrupy or clinging. Like the taste, the mouth is similar to milk, maybe a 3%; which I mean in the best way possible.

Drinkability- high. Not a session beer, I definitely couldn't drink more than two a night, if that many, but Young's Oatmeal will be returning to my fridge very soon.

Summary- very smooth, very creamy, very flavorful, very drinkable. This is a very good oatmeal stout, and personally, I enjoy it even more than Young's very popular Double Chocolate. Please note that as it warms, the beer gets maltier and maltier tasting; in my opinion it is best slightly cooler than normal, and not allowed to over-warm.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark opaque black with a frothy 2 finger light beige head with good retention.

S: dark chocolate, warm roasted malt and dark coffee beans

T: For flavor there was a deep roasted flavor, dark chocolate, and a strong coffe flavor with a vanilla creamer sweetness. On the fade was a lingering roasted and hop bitterness.

M: The mouthful was very creamy, and light on the tongue with a very light carbonation.

D: Very smooth, light, but rich in dark roasted flavor makes this an oatmeal with good smooth drinkability

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Photo of Hoagie1973
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty black with a huge cake-like brown head that forms large craters after a minute or so. Ends up looking like a course sponge. Dissipates kind of fast leaving some stringy lace.
Smells roasty and nutty, with coffee and molasses notes and a faint metallic twang. As it warms it takes on an aroma almost like suede that someone spilled chocolate on.
Tastes like dark bread crust with butter. Nice heavy malt profile with a little char and a hint of smokiness. I love the nutty, bready quality of a good oatmeal stout and this one's got it. Maintains a great balance with almost no detectable hops. Bitter roasted malt and oat nuttiness cut the sweetness nicely. Buttery finish coats the tongue.
Smooth, creamy, full mouthfeel with just a slight tingle of carbonation.
Highly drinkable. Stays interesting all the way to the bottom.

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